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Makita Tool Kit A Best Buy
Jim Ruen, La Crescent, Minn.: “I really like the 18V LXT Couple Power Shaft from Makita. I got the kit with string trimmer and hedge trimmer attachments, as well as the pole saw. The charger and 4Ah battery were included.
    “The attachments slip into the female receiving shaft on the power head. A lever on the shaft locks them in place, no tools needed.
    “The variable speed trigger gives infinite control over power usage. The high/low-speed button makes it easy to power up for heavier loads or back off for lighter loads and gives a longer run time on a battery.    “The 13-in. string trimmer is ideal for light work. It’s the best-balanced trimmer that I’ve used and was easy to work with, even without hooking it to the shoulder harness included with the kit.
    “The 10-in. bar pole saw did a good job on a dozen pine tree branches overhanging a road through my woods. The branch hook was handy for pulling trimmed branches away, and the 7-ft. length worked well for me, but a 42-in. shaft extension is available.
    “Without a doubt, my favorite of the three attachments was the articulating hedge trimmer with its 20-in. double-sided blade. I’ve used other shaft-mounted hedge trimmers, but this one is the easiest to adjust. When not in use, it rides along the shaft. To use it, just pull down on the locking sleeve on the shaft and swing the blade into one of 13 positions for vertical or horizontal cuts and everything in between.
    “The double-sided sickle blade even works great on tall grass. It takes a 20-in. swath with each swing. The only thing that I can imagine working better is a walk behind sickle bar.
    “When I shared it with a family friend, she couldn’t wait to put it to work under the electric fence in her horse pasture.”

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2022 - Volume #46, Issue #5